Property gallery: South Shields townhouse with a twist

This impressive townhouse is set over three-storeys and includes four bedrooms and landscaped gardens

Centrally situated yet secure and secluded, this impressive townhouse has been home to Ragnar Belck-Olsen since it was newly-built as part of a small development of similar properties 15 years ago.

The impressive three-storey home includes four bedrooms and is set within landscaped gardens in a private, gated courtyard complex on the site of a former convent in the heart of Westoe Village, South Shields.

The development is traditionally and sympathetically Edwardian in style in keeping with its surroundings, and includes three other townhouses and two apartments which are located off an impressive communal lobby.

“I have been extremely happy here, but I am moving back to Norway because I want to be closer to my family,” explained Mr Belck-Olsen, a retired president of a ship-owning company.

The property has a Scandinavian feel, with stylish neutral decor and has been upgraded by Mr Belck-Olsen who fitted attractive wood flooring and under floor heating throughout, as well as and full tiling all of the toilets and bathrooms.

To the ground floor is a warm and welcoming reception hallway, cloakroom, perfectly positioned living room with feature fireplace overlooking a garden, a formal dining room also with beautiful garden views, a well-equipped breakfasting kitchen and utility room.

Ragnar Belck-Olsen with his property for sale as part of Meridian House, South Shields
Ragnar Belck-Olsen with his property for sale as part of Meridian House, South Shields

To the first floor is a master bedroom with fitted wardrobes and an en suite shower room, a further double en suite bedroom, a third bedroom which is used as a study and has a range of maple fitted bedroom/office furniture, and a family bathroom.

On the second floor there is a guest bedroom featuring a beautiful porthole window, a tiled shower room and a large walk-in storage area. There is also beech-style wood flooring and decorative ceiling coving throughout the townhouse.

“I have carried out significant upgrades to the property by fully tiling all of the bathrooms and toilets, and installed under floor heating to those areas and to the kitchen, hallway, sitting and dining rooms,” says Mr Belck-Olsen.

“I also installed fitted wardrobes and office furniture, in very good, high quality materials such as solid maple wood.”

The development is accessed by an attractive pillared entrance which has secure electric gates for both vehicles and pedestrians and a cobbled communal courtyard with central feature. The townhouse includes a large double garage for parking.

Mr Belck-Olsen added: “Westoe Village is an old village in South Shields where shipbuilders and owners used to live, so there is quite a few grand old buildings here and the properties at Meridian House have been built in the same style.

“The development is extremely secure and are surrounded by high stone and brick walls.

“It would be ideal for a young family who need the security for
their children, or equally for professionals who work a lot, because it’s very safe. I think it’s a house that will suit any age group or family situation.

“It has easy access to the A19 and A1 and is just a short 10 minute walk to the beach. It is central to everything and has some really lovely features.

“I wish I could just pick the house up and take it with me.”

  • The Trondheim, in Meridian House, is for sale for offers in the region of £375,000, through Andrew Craig, tel: 0191 427 1722.

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